Laughing Through the Ugly Cry: ...and Finding Unstoppable Joy

Laughing Through the Ugly Cry: ...and Finding Unstoppable Joy

by Dawn Barton


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Do you believe that joy is a choice? Dawn Barton does. She's an upbeat Southerner with good hair and a successful business background, but she's had more heartache than most of us can imagine. Laughing Through the Ugly Cry is a collection of honest and sometimes raw stories. Dawn throws an arm around readers as she brings them along on her journey through the loss of a child, divorce, cancer, rape, the death of her only sibling, her husband's substance abuse, and finding her way back to Jesus in the middle of it all.

Dawn shares her personal story to show readers how to find happiness and purpose even in the darkest of days. By laughing through the ugly cry, you will discover how to:

  • Shut down negative feelings causing you to feel inadequate
  • Identify the pros despite how challenging the cons may seem
  • Embrace joy wherever you can find it
  • Learn how to be honest with yourself and process grief in a healthy way

Dawn writes, "If more women were open about just how difficult our lives feel and how hard we are on ourselves, I think we'd learn to relax a little and give ourselves the grace God gives us every day." Laughing Through the Ugly Cry is great for:

  • Women of any age seeking comfort, encouragement, and inspiration
  • Book clubs and girls' nights—Dawn poses thoughtful group questions to support meaningful conversations about growth and joy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400217762
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/26/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 144,367
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A multibillion-dollar direct sales company put Dawn on their Times Square billboard in the summer of 2018. In Dawn’s thirty years of sales and marketing, she has been a top producer at every company she’s worked for. Most recently, she was the #7 Sales Director in Mary Kay when she took a leap of faith and left it all to write her first book, Laughing Through the Ugly Cry. Dawn has been a public speaker for more than ten years, giving talks about cancer, joy, female empowerment, and direct sales. When she’s not encouraging other women to find joy and humor in even the most difficult of circumstances, you can find her living happily ever after in Cantonment, Florida, with her husband, daughter, parents, mother-in-law, two horses, four dogs, and three cats (and a partridge in a pear tree).

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Non-Reader's Take on Joy ix

1 Catholic Lite 1

Faith That Can't be bullied by Life

2 I'm Not Your Girl 11

Jumping Without a Net

3 Cancer Schmancer 21

Choosing How the Story Goes

4 A Nice Round Head 37

Uncovering Strength

5 The Joy in Getting Lucky 49

Celebrating the Little Wins

6 You Get To 61

Learning to Treasure What You Didn't Want

7 She's Still Your Friend 75

Loving People Where They Are

8 The Joy in Exercising 89

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

9 Maybe She's Bad at Math? 103

Looking Beyond Comparison

10 Mom's Red-Hot Toenails 117

Holding on to Joy for Dear Life

11 My Lobster 133

Learning to Fight for Each Other

12 Kim's Rak 147

Discovering the Power of Random Acts of Kindness

13 #Kimsmillion 163

Finding Healing in a Legacy

14 It's a One-Woman Job 177

Finding the Courage to Choose

Epilogue: It's a Real-Life Miracle 189

Acknowledgments 197

Conversation Starters 203

About the Author 209

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